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Best Ever Gluten-free Vegan Brownies

Bring these to a party, potluck, or gathering and no one will know they’re vegan. Tell them, and they won’t care one bit.

When I asked on Instagram whether you all would prefer undetectably vegan recipes or super healthy, wholesome recipes, I was happy to hear that both were quite equally requested. After all, I think both are pretty darn useful.

So if you’re one of those folks looking for the kind of recipe you can make for friends and family to show them that vegan food can be just as good (if not better) than typical nonvegan foods, this recipe will suite your needs perfectly!

I will be upfront and say this is definitely not the healthiest recipe, however it is still the usual simple, fairly easy, and SO delicious!

These gems are are also quite unnoticeably gluten-free, using a blend of cassava flour and tapioca flour. I recently discovered cassava flour, and it’s definitely become my favorite gluten-free flour as its results are on par with regular all-purpose flour. However, since it can be tough to get your hands on and definitely on the expensive side,  I recommend using regular all-purpose flour for those of you who aren’t gluten-free. I personally have tried making these both ways and had amazing results!

Other than the flour, the rest of the ingredients are pretty straight forward. To replace eggs, I used my favorite substitute, flax eggs, which is a blend of flax seed meal and water. I swapped out the typical dairy-based butter, for vegan butter (I personally love using Earth Balance or Smart Balance). As for chocolate chips, I’ve found that most semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips are vegan, but be sure to check the label!

The outcome?

  • Rich
  • Fudgey
  • Chocolatey
  • Decadent
  • Perfectly sweet
  • Crowd-pleasing
  • Utterly DELICIOUS!!

I’ve already made these gems for a couple parties/gatherings and was super stoked to hear some amazing feedback! Many fellow nonvegans loved them & had no idea they were completely free of animal products (..until I told them hehe)

If you make these, I would love to know what you think! Feel free to leave a comment, rate the recipe, or tag your photo @wholesomesoybean on Instagram so I can see.

Cheers, friends!! xx

 

Best Ever Gluten-free Vegan Brownies
Author: Wholesome Soybean
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Serves: 15 squares
Ingredients
  • 1 ¼ cup vegan chocolate chips
  • 1 cup vegan butter (I love Earth Balance & Smart Balance)
  • 3 tbsp ground flax seeds + ½ cup water (this acts as the “egg”)
  • 1 cup cassava flour + ¼ cup tapioca flour (sub all-purpose flour if not gluten free)
  • 1 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s brand)
  • ½ tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Prepare flax eggs: In a small bowl, mix together ground flax seeds and water and let sit for about 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat vegan butter and 1 cup chocolate chips in a saucepan while stirring. Once a thick, syrup-like consistency is achieved, remove from heat and set aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl, combine flax eggs and cane sugar. With an electric mixer, blend on highest speed for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add melted butter and chocolate from saucepan to mixing bowl, and mix again for about 30 seconds.
  6. Gently mix in the rest of the ingredients along with the remaining ¼ cup chocolate chips. Be sure not to over mix.
  7. Generously grease brownie pan with vegan butter and dust with flour. Spread batter in pan and bake for 40-50 minutes in preheated oven. As bake time can vary a lot depending on the type of brownie tin you use, I recommend checking your oven every so often to ensure they do not over bake.
  8. Remove from oven at let cool at least 1 hour before slicing.
  9. Feel free top with peanut butter as shown in photos above. Enjoy!!